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Container Service

The process of conveying K+S raw materials and finished products to the receiver often involves long, multimodal journeys, leading to high levels of complexity. Cost-efficiency, flexibility, punctuality and transparency are essential for a successful organization of the different modes of transport. The Container Services department provides an all-round service for the complete co-ordination and successful completion of internal and external shipping contracts, along the supply chain. The freighting procedures, the organization of initial transport in co-operation with multiple partners, and the purchase of transport services form the central elements of the container freighting solutions  are offered by Container Services.

Administration of these multiple forms of transport – transport management – is carried out by the Transport Unit of K+S KALI GmbH’s in-house container shipping section. From the initial enquiry to the container’s arrival at its destination port or delivery direct to the receiver, all the administrative and logistical processes are carried out thoroughly by the container shipping section. Its team of process managers co-ordinate all activities between all parties involved in the supply chain, both internal (supply-chain sections of K+S companies) and external (logistics providers), to ensure that the whole process goes smoothly.

The optimal configuration and actual handling of pre-carriage from production sites – either those of the K+S companies or of our external clients – illustrates one of the core capabilities of our Container Services department. Due to the close co-operation between our own rail services (the “Baltic Train”), the Werra-Kombi-Terminal transloading facility (WKT), and Börde Container Feeder GmbH (BCF), the initial transportation can be carried out in a flexible, punctual, economical and environmentally-friendly manner.

Alongside the administrative and physical handling of container shipments, arranging hold space with sufficient capacity is a further core service provided by the Container Services section. A long-term purchasing co-operation with a globally active chemicals corporation enables sustained access to attractive freight prices based on the synergy-effect of effective bundling of loads. By means of using a systematic freight cost-control management system we are able to constantly measure and fine-tune our cost efficiency.